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Santa Barbara County Fire, CAL FIRE increase staffing amid high fire danger


The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo County are bringing in extra resources as fire danger increases on the Central and South Coast.

Santa Barbara County Fire announced Thursday morning that it was upstaffing for a 24-hour period that began at 8 a.m. There will be 13 engines, three dozers, two water tenders, two crews, and one helicopter prepositioned throughout the county.

The SBC Operational Area has upstaffed additional resources for the forecasted weather conditions. For the 24-hr period which began at 8 am, there will be 13 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tenders, 2 crews, and 1 helicopter available that are prepositioned throughout the county.

— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) October 24, 2019

CAL FIRE SLO said Thursday night that it was also increasing staffing ahead of hot and windy conditions anticipated beginning Thursday morning. CAL FIRE says there could be wind gusts of 20 to 40 miles an hour and temperatures could reach the upper 90s with low humidity. The department is bringing in additional aircraft, bulldozers, hand crews, engines, and other support staff to make sure they’re covered at all times.

CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER FOR SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY: Heat advisory, wind gusts 20 -40 mph , 87-97 degrees, RH 2-9%. Staffing has been increased in preparation for this event beginning this morning. Aircraft, Bulldozers, Hand Crews, Engines and support staff covered 24 hrs a day.

— CAL FIRE SLO (@CALFIRE_SLO) October 24, 2019

To track the latest weather updates from the First Alert Weather team, click here.

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